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3rd Dec '16 8:35:22 PM N1KF
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If the BeYourself succeeds, it may lead to said character declaring IAmWhatIAm.

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If the BeYourself Be Yourself succeeds, it may lead to said character declaring IAmWhatIAm.



* Subverted in ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon''. Ami, afraid that Usagi and others would leave her if she didn't act more social, reads a self-help book and tries to immerse herself more in her friends' habits, even lying just to establish herself as a more outgoing person. Usagi finds the book and realizes Ami has been faking it, and it seems that we're in for a straight BeYourself aesop... until we find out at the end of the episode that while Ami has indeed reverted to her old shy personality, some of the positive changes ''have'' stuck, and she has the potential to defrost even more. People don't change overnight, but can change slowly, given enough time.

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* Subverted in ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon''. Ami, afraid that Usagi and others would leave her if she didn't act more social, reads a self-help book and tries to immerse herself more in her friends' habits, even lying just to establish herself as a more outgoing person. Usagi finds the book and realizes Ami has been faking it, and it seems that we're in for a straight BeYourself Be Yourself aesop... until we find out at the end of the episode that while Ami has indeed reverted to her old shy personality, some of the positive changes ''have'' stuck, and she has the potential to defrost even more. People don't change overnight, but can change slowly, given enough time.



* Constantly played with in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''. Lots of episodes end with a character learning a BeYourself aesop, despite "themselves" not being the greatest of people. In general, they run with the humorous twist that "being yourself is the right thing, even if it's not the best thing for everyone," or as Hermes put it.

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* Constantly played with in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''. Lots of episodes end with a character learning a BeYourself Be Yourself aesop, despite "themselves" not being the greatest of people. In general, they run with the humorous twist that "being yourself is the right thing, even if it's not the best thing for everyone," or as Hermes put it.



* In an episode of the first season of WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated, [[TheBigGuy Big Guy]] Bulkhead [[TheKlutz accidentally destroys almost everything in path due to his size and clumsiness]]. TheLancer Prowl offers him some advice to control his strength, by accessing the situation before acting, but this causes him to freeze up in battle. Prowl finally tells Bulkhead to [[BeYourself do what'd he do, and not what Prowl would do]], thus [[BigDamnHeroes saving the day]].

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* In an episode of the first season of WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated, [[TheBigGuy Big Guy]] Bulkhead [[TheKlutz accidentally destroys almost everything in path due to his size and clumsiness]]. TheLancer Prowl offers him some advice to control his strength, by accessing the situation before acting, but this causes him to freeze up in battle. Prowl finally tells Bulkhead to [[BeYourself do what'd he do, and not what Prowl would do]], do, thus [[BigDamnHeroes saving the day]].
10th Nov '16 4:14:11 PM Twentington
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* Van Zant's "Help Somebody" has the line "It's better to be hated for who you are, than loved for who you're not."
1st Nov '16 8:51:12 PM JMQwilleran
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* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsOfColdSteel II'' [[spoiler:Valimar]] essentially tells the main protagonist, Rean Schwarzer, this, noting that there's little point in him trying to be someone or something that he's not.
23rd Oct '16 5:07:59 AM Arha
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** Bolin's shtick of trying to act cool to impress girls generally annoyed them apart from some fangirls the audience usually only heard about in passing, but when he meets Opal Bei Fong he doesn't consider her to be his type, meaning he acts much more naturally around her and she almost immediately starts crushing on him. When he ''does'' try to act smooth later, she tells him to be himself and they start going out.
21st Oct '16 9:28:49 PM nombretomado
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* An [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqXOhcTkfUw early-1980s cinema advert]] for National Westminster Bank, starring Adrian Edmondson as [[{{Expy}} a character not unlike]] [[Series/TheYoungOnes Vyvyan Basterd]], played this trope for [[PlayedForLaughs laughs]]. In his quest to open a bank account, pseudo-Vyv dons an ill-fitting three-piece suit, buzzes his mohawk, and has the metal stars on his forehead removed (apparently, they ''are'' piercings). After this, and overcompensating with his [[BritishAccents RP]] at [=NatWest=], he is granted an account ... and moments later, the punked-out guy behind him in line opens his own account without a hitch. Our hero doesn’t take this well.

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* An [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqXOhcTkfUw early-1980s cinema advert]] for National Westminster Bank, starring Adrian Edmondson as [[{{Expy}} a character not unlike]] [[Series/TheYoungOnes Vyvyan Basterd]], played this trope for [[PlayedForLaughs laughs]]. In his quest to open a bank account, pseudo-Vyv dons an ill-fitting three-piece suit, buzzes his mohawk, and has the metal stars on his forehead removed (apparently, they ''are'' piercings). After this, and overcompensating with his [[BritishAccents [[UsefulNotes/BritishAccents RP]] at [=NatWest=], he is granted an account ... and moments later, the punked-out guy behind him in line opens his own account without a hitch. Our hero doesn’t take this well.
17th Oct '16 2:50:47 PM TheCuza
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** Played with in another episode, where Bender goes to Robot Hell after first trying to be a good person, failing, and then going overboard with evil/hedonistic acts. As he escapes with Fry and Leela, he promises never to be any more good or evil than he normally is.
--> '''Leela:''' Um... do you think you could be a little less evil than that?\\

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** Played with in another episode, where Bender goes to Robot Hell after first trying to be joining a good person, failing, robot religion and becoming annoyingly good, then going overboard with evil/hedonistic acts. As he hedonistic acts after Fry and Leela decided they [[WeWantOurJerkBack wanted their jerk back]] and tempted him back to his old ways. After Bender attaches robotic wings to his back and escapes with Robot Hell by flying away, carrying Fry and Leela, Leela with him, he promises that he'll never to be any more too good or too evil than he normally is.
--> '''Leela:'''
again, he'll just be himself.
-->'''Leela:'''
Um... do you think you could be a little less ''less'' evil than that?\\
13th Oct '16 6:36:45 PM Monolaf317
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* ''WebAnimation/TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool'': At the end of Season 2 Brittnay and Mackenzie resolve to never change who they are to become rich and famous. Even if who they are are rude, crass, and kind of psychotic.
-->'''Tristan:''' But Brittnay, what about your show?\\
'''Trisha:''' Yeah, Mackenzie, what about your modeling career?\\
'''Brittnay:''' Fuck it.\\
'''Mackenzie:''' Yeah, we don't need to be rich and famous right now if it means we giving up who we really are.\\
'''Brittnay:''' Yeah, I mean, if somebody wants to give me my own show and a whole bunch of money, you better goddamn believe it's gonna be on my own terms.\\
'''Mackenzie:''' Yeah! Besides, if we were to sacrifice everything we are to become rich and famous at this age, well, we could end up like Amanda Bynes.\\
'''Brittnay:''' Or Lindsay Lohan.\\
'''Trisha:''' Or Shia Lebouf.\\
'''Saison:''' Or Michael Jackson.\\
'''Mackenzie:''' So for right now, we're just gonna be exactly who the fuck we are and not anybody. Besides, we're still [[TitleDrop the most popular girls in school!]]\\
'''Brittnay:''' You're ''goddamn right'' we are.
27th Aug '16 8:58:09 PM nlpnt
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* ''Series/GirlMeetsWorld'' handled this particularly well; when the yearbooks came out, everyone found out what the rest of the class thinks; three of the four main characters put on the sort of over-the-top, costumed transformations you'd expect from a KidCom and just when you can feel the usual BrokenAesop coming, Farkle decides he's going to drop the assumed name attitude- but keep the edgier look.

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* ''Series/GirlMeetsWorld'' handled this particularly well; when the yearbooks came out, everyone found out what the rest of the class thinks; three thinks of them. Three of the four main characters put on the sort of over-the-top, costumed transformations you'd expect from a KidCom and just when you can feel the usual BrokenAesop coming, Farkle decides he's going to drop the assumed name attitude- but and attitude-but keep the edgier look.
30th Jul '16 12:23:42 PM eroock
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->''I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.''

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->''I ->''"I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.''"''
30th Jul '16 12:22:56 PM eroock
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** [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=1906 Pooch defends his actions as just being himself.]]
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=3120 Diabolic contempt makes Slick change his writing, but the adulation doesn't keep him from realizing he should go back to the first stuff.]]

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** [[http://www.sinfest.[[https://web.archive.org/web/20140209163312/http://sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=1906 Pooch defends his actions as just being himself.]]
** [[http://www.sinfest.[[https://web.archive.org/web/20140209162707/http://sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=3120 Diabolic contempt makes Slick change his writing, but the adulation doesn't keep him from realizing he should go back to the first stuff.]]
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